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A walk in the park

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Limited options for exercise today. The gym's closed (open again tomorrow, I absolutely can't wait!) and public transport is scanty so getting to the outer reaches of London for a nice walk would be awkward. The weather's looking nice but the forecast is for rain. You'd think the sky would have run out but we just keep getting more and more.

I decide on a bus to Kensington High Street, and a walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

Surprising how many people are about even at 10am. Quite a few joggers, including this one who was pushing a baby in a buggy!

We girls are good at multitasking and there's the proof.

I walk past the Albert Memorial and take a few pix including one of Rotten Row, which if you read Regency romances, you'll know is where posh people used to ride their horses. They still do.

Get to the lake. It looks very pretty and there are a lot of smug-looking geese saying to one another 'Safe again till next year!'

There's a statue I haven't seen before, apparently called Isis but I think it's an ibis to add to the confusion.

It's next to the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fountain which is this doofer here.

I remember when it first opened, there was a big hoo-hah because the designer and the Powers that Be had not realised the first thing people were going to do on a hot day was paddle in it. That is exactly what everyone did, esp small children. The Powers that Be do try to stop people from walking in it because of the danger of slipping, but I'm not sure how successful they are.

Wasn't very tempting today, mind. Damn' cold.

You don't say!

In the distance I see the London Eye then realise it's not the London Eye because it's 1. too small 2. moving too fast and 3. in completely the wrong place. It's the ferris wheel in the winter fair, Winter Wonderland.

Oh, I'm so glad I'm on the wagon again - the number of calories you can consume here is staggering. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, lebkuchen, frikadellen, it just gets wurst and wurst. Last year I ate a frikadelle and it pestered me for the rest of the day.

Since I was early today it was quite quiet - by 3pm in the afternoon it's always heaving with people. I was tempted by the pirate ship and the helter skelter but I'm a bit too old.

Exit by the gates that were a 90th birthday present for the Queen Mother. I agree with those who think they are absolutely hideous. Completely OTT and they cost 1.5million.

If I had 1.5million to spend on a birthday present for someone, I can think of something better.

So that was my walk. This park, like most of the parks in London, belongs to the Crown, hence all the royal connections. If you have tea and a biscuit in the cafes, the brand is 'Duchy'. As in Prince Charles' company. I didn't partake - don't think he needs my money as much as I do!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/27/2012 1:17PM


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NEWTINK 12/27/2012 12:53PM

    Such a lovely place to walk at ... you always amaze me with your pictures .. Cant wait to see what 2013 holds for you emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/27/2012 12:52PM

    Thanks for the pictures.

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KWING517 12/27/2012 12:08PM

    You take the BEST walks :)

Thank you for sharing the beautiful scenery with us!!

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KATIWONT 12/27/2012 12:01PM

    Great walk, as usual. I wish I had half the interesting places to walk as you seem to find. Love the pun about getting wurst and wurst! You have a great sense of humor!

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GOOSIEMOON 12/27/2012 10:54AM


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MOMMY445 12/27/2012 10:29AM

    what a beautiful blog! great pictures! have a terrific day!

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PINKIE78 12/27/2012 10:21AM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Feel like I was there!

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LIFETIMER54 12/27/2012 10:11AM

  You go girl!!!! emoticon

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YULLABELLE 12/27/2012 9:57AM


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DOBSONSM 12/27/2012 9:25AM


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JIBBIE49 12/27/2012 9:10AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon Happy New Year 2013 emoticon

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DJSHIP46 12/27/2012 8:44AM

    Thanks for another scenic stroll :)

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IAMWINNING 12/27/2012 8:23AM

    How nice that you could find somewhere to get exercise in spite of obstacles. Thanks for taking us with you. I enjoyed learning (and seeing) even more of London.

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TRYINGHARD54 12/27/2012 8:21AM

    another great walk. thank you

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OFGREENGABLES 12/27/2012 8:16AM

    thanks for sharing!

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MIMIDOT 12/27/2012 8:03AM

    Thanks for taking me on another interesting journey. The pictures were beautiful!
Hope you had a great Christmas and have a happy and healthy New Year!

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JANEMARIE77 12/27/2012 7:50AM

    a WONDERFUL walk thank you

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CLAYARTIST 12/27/2012 7:36AM

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GOANNA2 12/27/2012 7:12AM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures and history lesson.
I feel as though I was there beside you. I agree about the
ugly gate. emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 12/27/2012 6:56AM

    Thanks for the beautiful walk.


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LEANMEAN2 12/27/2012 6:32AM

    I always enjoy "walking" with you. Thanks for taking me along; I tried to behave myself.
I do wonder what your temperatures are and if you have much wind.

Here in Kansas (USA), we have had some days such as earlier this week, with a windchill of too close to zero F. Of course if you tell us in Celsius, I'd need an interpreter.

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FARIS71 12/27/2012 5:01AM

    What a great walk and educational too. Thank you as always!

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NASFKAB 12/27/2012 4:51AM

  lovely great thanks

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MARYDSAN 12/27/2012 4:47AM

    Another great blog.

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LRSILVER 12/27/2012 4:20AM

    Thanks for sharing

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ANDYLIN90 12/27/2012 2:22AM

    When I get to London, I will have your blogs to know just where I would like to go. In the meantime, a virtual walk will have to do. Thanks for posting.

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KAREN608 12/27/2012 1:49AM

    As a teen, the fountains in Chicago in the downtown area always tempted us to sit and spring around and put our legs into the water also. We looked around for cops and none around, in our feet would go. Water in the summertime is such a draw.

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JADASMOM2 12/27/2012 12:20AM

  Again, beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing your walks.- emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/26/2012 10:58PM

  Thank you for managing to make a walk in the park very interesting indeed. You always have such adventures. I can never even think of anyplace interesting to walk, so you have a big advantage.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/26/2012 10:49PM

    Once again, beautiful pictures. I wish I had been on that walking tour with you.

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    Thank you for another wonder filled walk.
I agree... with you....
1. What are people thinking when they install water works that are supposed to be just for the eyes, but built too tempting to keep your feet out of, on a quite warm day....
2. Yes, somebody saw someone coming with the gate(s).. But I bet they do serve as quite the conversation piece.
3. and lastly, as to Bonnie Prince Charlie needing money.... wives can be rather expensive.
(although nothing compared to what it costs to maintain a husband)
-- that was supposed to be funny... probably not.
ah, well... alas and alack

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SLIMLEAF 12/26/2012 7:36PM

    Looks like you had reasonable weather for your walk - well done for getting out.

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MICKEYH 12/26/2012 7:32PM

    What a Lovely walk you had today!! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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DANAPRIME 12/26/2012 7:17PM

    Congratulations on your exercise consistency! You overcame several obstacles, closed gym, no buses, not where you really wanted to go, and you got out and exercised anyway!!!!!!

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LJCANNON 12/26/2012 7:17PM

    emoticon You had a Wonderful Walk,and I enjoyed the History Lesson!! So much stuff that the general observer may not know. It did look Cold and Damp, You should get Extra Spark Points for getting in a Walk in Adverse Conditions!

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DOVESEYES 12/26/2012 7:09PM

    Lovely I wouldn't mind a paddle too. emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/26/2012 7:02PM

    emoticon I don't think he'll miss it.

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LIVEDAILY 12/26/2012 6:53PM

    What in the world is a frikadelle?? Why are they so horridly bad for you??
I agree...those gates are a bit much. Don't look like they'd stand up to a good wind. Be thankful it's rain...and not snow!

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GABY1948 12/26/2012 5:18PM

    I love your blogs and your words and pictures! Thank you for sharing them! HUGS,

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2ABBYNORMAL 12/26/2012 4:57PM

    I loved the story and the historical information that I knew nothing about.
The pictures are astounding. It looks like a place where I would like to live.

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4KWALK 12/26/2012 4:36PM

    Oh what a lovely commentary. And I am sure that you need your money more than the Prince needs it. emoticon

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IMAGINE46 12/26/2012 4:18PM

  Wonderful blog. I love the pictures you post. Thank you!

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REGILIEH 12/26/2012 3:25PM

    I really enjoyed that. I loved seeing the gates as when I was last there she wasn't 90!

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LADY_MARIANA 12/26/2012 3:21PM

    What lovely pictures! Thank you so much!

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JACKIE542 12/26/2012 3:01PM

    Beautiful walk, thank you.

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JANETTEB553 12/26/2012 2:32PM

    Need to see the whole gate before committing to a standpoint, but from the little seen they seem overbusy... nice blog thanks emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 12/26/2012 2:29PM

    I didn't realise the Diana memorial was open again. So I have learned something new today.

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LINDAKAY228 12/26/2012 1:59PM

    Very nice looking walk and I enjoyed going along. I really don't care for the gates either, and could definitely find better ways to spend that amount of money on a gift for someone LOL!

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/26/2012 1:58PM

    I agree that the 90th birthday present is hideous. Looks like a junk pile up close.

Love reading about your walks!

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